The institute has initiated a PhD programme. Currently four students are registered as PhD scholars and another six will register soon.  IBAB is recognised as a Research Centre by Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, which awards the PhD degree.

Although there are many applicants to this programme, the institute is only able to accept students who have scholarship support.  Such candidates should write to, stating what scholarship they have.  They will then face an interview, and should one of the faculty agree to be the guide, the student will be admitted.